Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program

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2014 Neighborhood Traffic Calming Projects Awarded Funding

The City of Vancouver, working with the NTSA, will fund four local neighborhood projects designed to address traffic safety concerns through the 2014 Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program. Project locations include Columbia Street, Southeast Talton Avenue, General Anderson Avenue and East Fifth Street. Click here for more details.

City of Vancouver and Neighborhood Traffic Safety Alliance offer program designed to help residents slow neighborhood traffic

In March of 2013, the City of Vancouver, working in conjunction with the Neighborhood Traffic Safety Alliance (NTSA), launched the Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program with tips and possible project opportunities for residents seeking to slow local traffic while creating a more livable community.

The city and the NTSA, an organization of citizen volunteers from Vancouver’s neighborhoods who advocate for neighborhood traffic safety, worked jointly on developing this program. The city had previously phased out its Neighborhood Traffic Management Program in 2010 due to limited resources and budget shortfalls, but continued to look for innovative ways to help neighborhoods throughout Vancouver address concerns about traffic speeds and volumes. Collaborative efforts of NTSA leaders and city staff have led to this program.

The Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program takes a citywide approach to help neighborhood associations manage traffic and address high priority needs within residential areas. This program has been set up with limited resources to allow residents to take the initiative when seeking traffic calming solutions while providing the most benefit for their neighborhoods and community.

A step-by-step guide and toolbox of possible traffic calming methods help neighborhoods through the process, beginning with interested residents attending a Neighborhood Traffic Safety Alliance meeting, submitting a pre-application and circulating an informal petition to show neighborhood support. This is a competitive process that allows residents to apply for limited program funding.

Traffic Calming Program Steps and Timeline
  1. NTSA Meeting Presentation
  2. Pre-application Project Submittal - due date to be determined for 2015 program
  3. Internal City Project Review
  4. Traffic Speed/Volume Counts Conducted
  5. Neighborhood Petition Process - due date to be determined for 2015 program
  6. On-line Application Submission - due date to be determined for 2015 program
  7. City of Vancouver Project Scoring
  8. NTSA Project Scoring
  9. Optional Presentation at NTSA Meeting
  10. Project Prioritization and Selection
  11. Project Implementation
Important Due Dates
  • Pre-application - due date to be determined for 2015 program
  • Petition Process - due date to be determined for 2015 program
  • Application - due date to be determined for 2015 program
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